Two locations, two very special plaques unveiled by the Governor today as part of the next stage of the Perth Commonwealth Walkway Project.
The Governor unveils a plaque aboard the MV James Stirling
The Governor and Mrs Dawson climbed aboard the MV James Stirling Sealink Ferry this morning for the first plaque unveiling, before heading to the Ritz-Carlton at Elizabeth Quay for a second unveiling and morning tea.
The Governor unveils a second plaque at Elizabeth Quay
The two new plaques are the latest additions to the Walkway project which aims to encourage people to enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the city, focusing attention on areas of culture, history and interest. The project is part of the Commonwealth Walkway Trust UK’s initiative to create 100 walkways across the Commonwealth to provide safe, accessible and attractive places for people to get out and about.
In April of 2018, former Governor, the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC, unveiled the very first plaque of the Commonwealth Walkways Western Australia (CWWA) Perth Commonwealth Walkway Project on the pavement outside Government House Perth.
Since then, additional plaques have been activated across Parliament House, Kings Park, The Old Observatory, Matagarup Bridge and the Sealink Ferry MV Quokka One.
The plaques carry the #Noongar words ‘Ngalang Bidi’, meaning ‘our path’, with respected Noongar elder Dr Noel Nannup working closely with the Royal Commonwealth Society Western Australia to ensure the walkway provides an important connection to WA’s aboriginal culture and heritage.
A special Platinum Jubilee Plaque – that was gifted earlier this year by the Late Queen Elizabeth II – was also showcased at today’s unveiling. This plaque will eventually mark the end of the Commonwealth Walkway Trail when it is completed in a few years.
The Governor and Mrs Dawson were also presented with miniature replica plaques in honour of today’s unveiling.
You can learn more about the Perth Commonwealth Walkway Project here.
The Governor with Cadets WA representatives who assisted at today’s plaque unveilings
Government House and the Governor hosted His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley over the long weekend.